Ezekiel Elliot Suspended Six Games By NFL


The 22-year-old running back tweeted a statement Friday in response to the suspension, saying he was "surprised and disappointed" by the decision. "I recognize the distraction and disruption that all of this has caused my family, friends, teammates, the Dallas Cowboys organization as well as my fans- for that I am sincerely sorry".

The suspension comes after an ex-girlfriend accused Elliot of domestic violence in OH a year ago.

"Mr. Elliott and his team of representatives are extremely disappointed with the NFL's decision", Elliott's lawyers said.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Elliott has three days to appeal the suspension. The NFL looked into the case, but couldn't come to any conclusions.

The NFL, though, still has the authority to punish players under its personal conduct policy.

The league also noted an incident during a St. Patrick's Day parade in Dallas this year, when Elliott pulled down a woman's shirt, exposing and touching her breast.

The league, however, said there was "substantial and persuasive evidence" that Elliott had physical confrontations last summer with his then-girlfriend, Tiffany Thompson. The league also consulted with medical experts. "The NFL, however, could investigate the matter on its own and pursue further action against Elliott-despite the running back having never been arrested or charged in the incident-if enough evidence is collected and Elliott is found to be responsible for the punch".

"I have reviewed everything, and there is absolutely nothing - not one thing - that had anything to do with domestic violence", Jones said during the team's training camp. He set rookie franchise records for yards, rushing touchdowns (15) and total touchdowns (16).